MissMalaprop.com is where modern handmade meets sustainable design. On my website, I spotlight the best in independent designers & artists, eco-friendly and sustainable products, New Orleans & Gulf Coast based businesses and issues, and people & organizations who are working to make the world a better place.
My own creations reflect those same principals. I began selling my creations under the name “dismantled designs” in 2004, after arriving home from a study abroad program in London where I saw the amazing artists at Portobello Market and where I was inspired to begin selling my own reconstructed clothing & accessories.
My designs are all one-of-a-kind, handmade and original. Most are made from used or vintage clothing, or remnant fabrics and trims. Each piece is meant to have a slightly unfinished, rough-hewn, well-loved look about it. I hope you enjoy!
One year and one month ago today (yes, I’m a little late with this post!) I decided to take my love of handmade public in a big way. I blogged about a handmade seatbelt purse and have never looked back.
Along the way I’ve been joined by a wonderful panel of columnists (with a new one coming soon!) who have helped bring more depth and breadth to the topics covered.
And most importantly: you. We’ve gone from zero to over 20,000 readers per month in just a year. While to a lot of sites, those numbers seem tiny, to me they’re HUGE. It means that we’re making progress in getting the word out about handmade as a thoughtful and important alternative to mass-produced junk. We’re being successful in telling people that they can have a more connected and intimate life if they just interact with the people around them.
Without you, our fabulous readers, we would just be a bunch of fanatics raving alone, so thank you for coming along for the ride!
Imagine my surprise after returning from a week of Thanksgiving fun to see that Try Handmade was mentioned on ThreadBanger.
ThreadBanger is also a great place to go to learn to sew, well, pretty much anything, and their video episodes are fun and addictive. If you get stuck on a project, they even have a forum you can turn to.
Threadbanger is a network for people who love to DIY, recreate, refashion and craft. Forget about corporate stores, we’re here to help you create and find your own style! From our episodes, forum and blog to our newsletter and contests, there is something for everyone. Our goal is to bring together people who can share their ideas, tips and advice with others and help make the world more fashionable – Threadbanger style!
So if you like Try Handmade and you love to sew (or want to learn) ThreadBanger is a site to check out.
The artist says it best herself:
To spread feminism to the people. I think it’s important to remember the womyn who paved the way for us. I am excited to get womyn excited about feminism! Or just to get them excited about political fems! I am disgruntled with how you see mostly male revolutionaries on t-shirts but not fems….I am here to focus on the great womyn of our past.
She sells stenciled dresses and shirts featuring famous feminists — don’t recognize one of the names you see in her store? Consider it a sign that you need to do a little online searching and edumacate yourself. Check it out. By KM Stitchery.